October Program: Launch of new Redlands Explore App – Monday, 10/23

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October Program: Launch of new Redlands Explore App – Monday, 10/23

The Redlands Area Historical Society has a special program planned for the October 23 meeting planned at Smiley Library, 125 West Vine Street at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room.  Ron Running, the current President of the Historical Society, and Ben Parker, a historical society member, have collaborated with two University of Redlands students and Professor Trisha Cornez to develop an app for Android and i-Phones.

The enhanced phone application was completed by David Galindo and Sean Unger.  They will demonstrate the application at the meeting that allows Android and i-Phone telephone users to view all of the 350 Heritage Homes awarded since 1975 on their phones.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their telephones to the meeting to demonstrate the app.

David Galindo is a senior computer science and math major.  David grew up in East Los Angeles and attended Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet Charter School. Sean Unger is also a senior computer and science major and attended Carlsbad High School. Both students are members of the University of Redlands cross-country team.

The Historical Society paid the developer license fees of $100 for each of the students so they could begin the program.  The Historical Society intends to enlarge the apps to include lost Redlands buildings, landmark public buildings, overlays of subdivisions and maps.

Both Running and Parker will demonstrate their recently completed story maps that will be located on the Society’s webpage. The story maps will allow viewers to see Heritage Award winning homes by decades built. The story maps are made possible from a generous software grant provided by ESRI for the ArcGIS program.

Professor Cornez will also demonstrate a new display feature that she has developed that will allow viewers to view the historic subdivision maps throughout the City.

Historical Society programs are free and open to the public.